Dr N Prabhu Dev has already joined the list of former Bangalore University Vice-Chancellors —in the portrait gallery at the Senate Hall on Central College campus.
As a custom, portraits of VCs who retire are displayed in the gallery of the Senate Hall. In this case, however, Dr Prabhu Dev is still the VC, and his term ends in February 2013.
“I was shocked to see the portrait. This is not in line with what has been done in the university earlier,” said an university official, on condition of anonymity.
There is a procedure to be followed in order to get a former VCs’ portraits framed on the wall.
“A month after the VC retires, the university’s administration or establishment section chooses any available portrait or seeks the retired VC’s preferred portrait. Once the selection is made, the proposal is sent to the Registrar (Administration) or a senior officer. Once approved, the portrait is placed in the Senate Hall,” the official said.
The gallery at Senate Hall is in recognition of the services rendered by the VCs to the university. The portraits of former VCs such as H Narasimhaiah, N R Shetty, M S Thimmappa and K Siddappa adorn the walls as of now.
However, the incumbent VCs portrait in the Senate Hall, which is visibly larger in size compared to other portraits, is a sign of his possible exit from the university.